My lower back is always cold. I have an abnormally long torso, and many tops that fit me in width could do with a bit more length. When babywearing, this is particularly annoying. I’m not shy about nursing anywhere and everywhere, but I don’t like being chilly, so I tend to choose tops I can pull down to nurse. I have, essentially, two or three tops like that. Not only do I miss my old favourite tops, but I can’t get through the laundry fast enough to always have a pull down top at the ready.
Enter the Naked Nursing Tank (NNT). Now almost everything I own (aside from the dresses, like the one I had to fully unzip to nurse Cub in at my brother’s wedding) is nursing friendly! The NNT is a tank top that sits below your breasts, leaving easy access to your nursing bra while hanging nice and long around your middle. Since I’ve got about two more years of breastfeeding ahead of me, I’m very excited to have my entire wardrobe open up to me. I’m not sure why I didn’t get a couple NNTs when I was nursing Cub….
This is my favourite shirt for obvious reasons. Nursing or not, it needs a tank underneath otherwise it’s a crop top. But if I wear a regular tank top underneath, it’s really awkward to nurse. Now my wolf sweatshirt is a nursing sweatshirt!
Although I’m not shy about nursing, I don’t like to flash everyone around me if I can avoid it. My Naked Nursing Tank came to the rescue at my birthday lunch! When you pull up your shirt to nurse, the tank stays put, which both keeps you warm and means you’re not flashing your belly around. Little Miss often likes me to be standing and moving while she nurses (otherwise she screams), and this was no problem at the park! When I’m babywearing, my NNT doesn’t ride up under the carrier, which is another reason I love wearing it. Because leaks happen… a lot… if I just used regular nursing tank tops, I’d probably need at least five. But my NNTs don’t get leaked on, so I just change my bra! I only had to throw my black tank in the wash because it got peed on…
The racer-back style of the NNT means no droopy straps to contend with. The tank is available in bamboo and cotton and comes in a variety of sizes and colours. And speaking of leaks, the gals at NNT have just launched a line of Bamboo Nursing Pads. They are PUL-backed, which is an absolute must for me, and their absorbent core is soft and absorbent bamboo. Their “Ultra” pad is the largest nursing pad I’ve ever received to review, and is perfect for me overnight (and would’ve been a life saver during my 24/7 heavy leaking when I first started breastfeeding). If you only leak in little dribbles, their teeny tiny “Light” pad would be perfect for you.